New York
Nuclear plant leaks oil into Hudson River

Part of a nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River.

At a briefing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up the transformer fluid that had leaked from the Indian Point 3 plant.

“There’s no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River,” Cuomo said. “Exactly how much, we don’t know.”

The transformer at the plant about 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan failed Saturday evening, causing a fire that forced the automatic shutdown.

Cuomo said Sunday that even after the blaze on the non-nuclear side of the plant was quickly doused, the heat reignited the fire. It was extinguished.

Oil in the transformer seeped into a holding tank that did not have the capacity to contain all the fluid, which entered river waters through a discharge drain.

Joseph Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said measures were taken to keep the oil from spreading, including setting up booms over an area about 300 feet in diameter in the water.

The cleanup should take a day or two, Cuomo said.

— Associated Press

Weather
Snow, floods, tornadoes speed across Midwest

Tornadoes skipped across the Midwest, days of rain caused rivers to overflow in the West and Tropical Storm Ana made landfall near Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Sunday before being downgraded to a tropical depression.

It was another day of wild weather from Texas to the Carolinas, following storms on Saturday that left a trail of snow, hail, flooding, tornadoes and power failures.

In Colorado, an ambulance was swept away by rushing water, but five people managed to get out through the back before the vehicle became submerged in about six feet of water.

The storms are being blamed for at least one death. One person was killed Saturday and another was left in critical condition after a tornado hit Cisco, Tex., a rural farming and ranch area about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. Winds ranged from 136 mph to 165 mph.

South Dakota was the center of extreme weather Sunday, with a tornado damaging a small town on the eastern side of the state and more than a foot of snow blanketing the Black Hills to the west.

Several Great Plains and Midwestern states were in the path of severe weather, including in North Texas, where the National Weather Service said a probable tornado damaged roofs and trees near Denton.

— Associated Press

Prosecutor says he will give advance notice of charges: A Wisconsin prosecutor said he will announce on Tuesday whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had promised to give the public advance notice of the announcement in the case of Madison Officer Matt Kenny, who shot Tony Robinson on March 6.

— Associated Press